The landscape of detail plunges me to a different world
where I feel a new relationship to my subject that is spiritual and
wondrous. I chose to paint with soft
pastels as I have been so attracted to the many lively colors it offers. It also let me finger paint without getting
wet. I create textures using different
hardness of pastels and work in many layers.
Just for the beak of the seagull I have used 10 different colors and
shades. The eye to me is like a jewel
chased in agate pebbles.
It is a large portrait but each small area is like a new
country to be explored. I marvel at the
story it tells, the small nicks and scratches, what is it like to be a seagull
around Orcas Island?
Another question I often ask myself:
“What is white in the shade?” Look how dark a blue it actually
became! But you know that in “reality”
it is white never the less!